Tuensang, OCTOBER 18 (MExN): With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing dramatic changes to all sectors and systems, a convergence programme of all Agri & Allied departments, NABARD with involvement of Eleutheros Christian Society and Churches (NGO), spear headed by District Administration and Nagaland Police, Tuensang was conceptualized.
The convergence was put in place in order to improve adaptation to the dramatic changes and to enhance the food security in a sustainable way in the district.
This joint intervention project was entitled ‘Mitigating Food & Nutritional Insecurity and ushering in returns for Rural Farmers through Convergence in Tuensang district” under the thrust area of diversifying and intensifying high valued Vegetable Production.
It aims to provide food and nutritional security—not only for rural farmers who are the producers but also urban populations who depend on surplus products supplied by producers. The programme also works to generate additional income for the rural farmers, and to create employment avenues for the rural daily wage earners and returnees.
The project was officially launched by the Deputy Commissioner of Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant, IAS, in the presence of District Superintendent of Police, Tuensang, Bharat Laxman Markad, IPS and all stakeholders during the month of August 2020.
The project is being implemented in 8 villages, supporting 502 farmers under Rabi vegetable production. All agricultural technology aspects, training and extension activities is being supported by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ATMA, Horticulture & Agriculture departments and assisted by Field staff (livelihood) of ECS.
The implementing partners firmly believe that the project will not only mitigate food and nutritional insecurity for both rural farmers and urban population during the pandemic but also reduce dependency on import of food and vegetables from other state in a sustainable way.
A press release from the Project Management Committee, Tuensang said that the pandemic has had significant effects on economic, health, transportation, and education systems, with local and national food systems also being affected.
“The nationwide lockdown has interrupted the supply chain of products from neighboring state creating a huge vacuum threatening the food and nutritional security of the people especially in place like Tuensang. Dependence on market with supplied goods from neighboring states has limited the capacity for diversifying local food production system in the district increasing the demand for food while creating huge food scarcity,” it added.